Ex-Mayor Paes Closes Gap on Witzel in Rio Gubernatorial Race

In a new poll in the Rio de Janeiro gubernatorial race, Eduardo Paes is closing in on the leader Wilson Witzel just days before the deciding second round runoff.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As the contentious race for the governorship of Rio de Janeiro enters its final days, the race appears to be tightening as ex-Rio mayor Eduardo Paes has gained on frontrunner Wilson Witzel. A new Ibope poll shows that Witzel has dropped to 56 percent of intended votes while Paes has risen to 44 percent.

The new poll shows a net increase of eight points for the ex-mayor

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